Kari grew up on the outside of Mankato and graduated from St. Peter High School in 1999. She graduated from Argosy University – Twin Cities with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2003. Her hobbies include fishing, camping, and hanging out with her family. Her family has two cats named Stan and Sam. She has a love for brindle Mastiffs, Bullmastiffs, and tiger-striped cats with torti markings.